Cast Iron

Jichan's Tortilla Eggs

September 18, 2020
2 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

Tortilla eggs, as my jichan called them, are similar to Tex-Mex migas, an egg-y breakfast dish starring tortilla chips. You can throw in pretty much any available meat, beans, or vegetables after step four (think: black beans, onions, peppers, sausage), and any kind of tortillas will work. My favorite version includes fresh chorizo sausage, along with onions and peppers. The recipe scales for a bigger crowd, but it excels as a quick back-pocket solo breakfast as well.
Caroline Hatano

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 7 minutes
  • Serves 1
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small corn tortillas
  • 1 fresh chorizo sausage link
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pinch cotija cheese (to top)
  • 1 dash hot sauce (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. Cracks eggs into a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and whisk gently.
  2. Heat a couple tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Rip tortillas into bite-size pieces, adding them to the skillet as you go (taking care not to overcrowd them).
  4. Fry tortilla pieces 2 to 4 minutes until golden-brown on both sides, then remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. Add sausage link to skillet and brown, breaking up with a wooden spoon.
  6. Once cooked through, add sliced pepper and onion and cook until softened.
  7. Lower heat to medium-low and return the fried tortilla pieces to the skillet.
  8. Pour beaten eggs into skillet, being sure to cover the tortilla pieces, then cook to desired doneness.
  9. Serve topped with sliced scallion, cilantro, cotija cheese, and lots of your favorite hot sauce.

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